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309: Empathy Is the Invisible Hand

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KMO welcomes Eric Boyd back to the program to discuss possibilities for kicking the energy can down the road with cold fusion. Friend of the C-Realm,  Joe S. joins the conversation to represent the viewpoint that free  energy could be bad news, as it would allow humans to continue the  project of constructing global dominance hierarchies and despoiling the  biosphere. KMO plays a clip of Jeremy Rifkin talking about the ideas in  his book The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis.  Rifkin claims that advancing communications technology has allowed  humans to expand the sphere of beings with whom they identify and for  whom they feel empathy. With more time and energy at our disposal, might  humans come to extend our empathic concern to include the entire  biosphere? The conversation concludes with a discussion of the potential  impact of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.  Music by Alexandre Tannous and Simon G. Powell.

284 Stocks, Flows and the MEGO Effect

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KMO welcomes anti-economist Professor Steve Keen  to the C-Realm to detail the limitations of neoclassical economics as  well as popular misconceptions promulgated by advocates of alternative  economics. Professor Keen disposes of the “moral hazard” argument  against the inevitable debt jubilee and provides some advice for  weathering the looming economic tumult.

Music by Fernando Tarango.



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